Connecting Sea - Moving Bodies Butoh Festival 2017

Thu 20 Apr 2017 - Sat 22 Apr 2017
10:00 - 21:00

I see the foggy ocean—
is there a motherland
I can dedicate myself to?

This year’s festival marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland. To mark this occasion, the curators Ambra Gatto Bergamasco and Edegar Starke dedicate the artistic vision for the festival to the connection between islands and the sea of endless possibilities that unpredicted encounters can generate, create, inform, stimulate and become new codes and visions.  The theme, therefore can be brought in one concept/vision/idea, that of ‘connecting sea’. Connecting Sea can be understood literally, as places that come to know each other through stories and narratives that travel by sea, on board of vessels, that talk of journeys, as much as understood from its poetic conceptual approach.

This year’s festival is presented in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in Ireland and Dance Ireland.

Moving Bodies Festival is a partner of Nesxt Festival, Italy curated by Art critic Olga Gambari and Francesca Arri for waht concerns Performance Art.
We will open the festival on on the 20th with a talk on Nexst and the possibilities for Performance Artists.

This year’s festival guest artists are Masaki Iwana and Minako Seki.


20-22nd April : Francesca Arri will hold a workshop that will culminate with a performance art piece with the participants on the 22nd of April. To take part in this collaborative process contact to book as places are limited. This workshop is free of charge.

20 April @ 10am – 2 pm: Minako Seki will lead her masterclass on her own method based on somatic dance, butoh elements and water movements.

20 April @ 6.30 pm: Triple-Bill Performance: Sinead Keogh, Ambra Gatto Bergamasco / Edegar Starke.

21 April @ 12 – 4pm: Masaki Iwana will lead this masterclass concentrating on the intensity of nothingness: ‘In addition, as long as butoh is a kind of expression, we must have the ability and responsibility to ‘edit’ those inner elements. I have no interest in those who see butoh as a kind of exotic spectacle of strange movements and bizarre gestures and who want to ‘learn’ it by some sort of rote process. Butoh is an ineffable kind of behavior produced by the body itself, possessing neither name nor form’ – Masaki Iwana

21 April @ 6.30pm: Triple-Bill Performance: Minako Seki / Eleanor Lawler / Artist from Open Call

22 April @ 10am – 1.30pm: Ambra Gatto Bergamasco will hold a workshop on the softness oflimits, researching this topic through our bodies and our poetic vision. What happens when I observe and dance my limit with softness?

22 April @ 6pm: Double-Bill Performance: Masaki Iwana / Francesca Arri choral performance


Book before 05 April for the Full Festival Pass Early Bird rate!  €200
Festival Pass after 05 April is €220  
Students and Dance Ireland Members Festival Pass: €180

Per Triple-Bill Performance (6.30pm on 20, 21 April, 6pm on 22 April): €30 / €20 concession (unwaged, students, Dance Ireland Members)

All three Master Classes: €145  / €115 euro concession. (Offer ends on the 10th of April)
Per Masterclass: €55 / €45 concession (unwaged, students, Dance Ireland Members)



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